CONTACT: Equestrian Center
(609) 730-9059

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Hoofing2Help will hold its semiannual benefit trail ride at the Mercer County Equestrian Center on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Benefiting horse and small animal rescue groups throughout New Jersey, the day’s events will include a “Jeopardy” trail ride, gymkhana games, de-spooking clinic, mega jolly ball challenge and a silent auction.

“In this economy, more people have to make tough decisions about their horses and pets,” said Steve Pruzick, Hoofing2Help coordinator. “Rescue groups are at their maximum capacity and costs to feed and maintain unwanted animals continue to rise. Rescue groups rely on the generosity of donations, and this event not only raises money for the groups involved but it also brings awareness to the animals’ situation.”

An educational seminar on Thursday, March 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., featuring Dr. Daniel P. Keenan of Keenan McAlister Equine, starts the fundraising effort. Seminar topics are diagnosing the lame horse, pre-purchase examination, and safety and emergency tidbits. A donation of $5 per person is requested.

Spectators are welcome on Saturday, March 30. The gymkhana games and the mega jolly ball challenge will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Gymkhana games display precise controlled actions and teamwork between the horses and rider in timed events. In the mega jolly ball challenge, the horse and rider must push a 4-foot soccer ball around an obstacle course. The day will finish with a de-spooking mini-clinic with trainer Kenny Davis from 1 to 4 p.m.

The ride entry fee is $40. Other fees are: clinic, $40; audit clinic, $10; games, $5 per class or $25 for all eight; spectators, $2 per person.

The silent auction has a wide variety of items for everyone and ranging in value. Some of the items are a professional portrait, legal services, sunset boat cruise, a Coach purse and clutch, jewelry and specialty baskets.

The Mercer County Equestrian Center is located at 431 Federal City Road, Hopewell Township. For more information, please contact Hoofing2Help at (908) 823-4112 or the Equestrian Center at (609) 730-9059.